Hormone replacement therapy
The body produces a wide variety of hormones that work in harmony with each other.
Hormones are responsible for regulating various functions in the body. They affect the mood and cognition of the brain, softness and integrity of the skin, strength of bones, durability of the heart, and many other organ systems. As we age, our hormone levels begin to decline causing an imbalance of hormone levels and different symptoms may appear. This imbalance can begin as early as age 30 and treatment may be necessary.
There are two available hormone options: Synthetic and Natural Bio-identical
Synthetic hormones are molecules that have been altered from the original source. Hence, it is not the same chemical structure your own body produces. Examples of synthetic hormones are: Premarin (Equine Estrogens) and Provera (Medroxyprogesterone). These are mass produced drugs that treat all women alike with the same “one size fits all” dose. These are not naturally occuring and are considered foreign to the body, therefore do not have the same effects as the hormones your body produces. Synthetic hormones have even been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies suggest most women stop synthetic hormone therapy shortly after initiation due to the vast array of side effects.
Natural Bio-Identical Hormones are very different than Synthetic hormones. They are exactly what your own body produces! They include: Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, and DHEA. Studies show that Natural Bio-Identical Hormones have virtually no negative side effects at physiological doses. When it comes to women’s health “one size does not fit all” because each woman is unique. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is individualized therapy. A physician will design a treatment regimen specifically for your needs by prescribing exactly what your body produces in the specific amounts that your body needs.
Benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Symptom Relief of hot flashes, depression, insomnia, weight gain, decreased libido, mood swings, migraine headaches, irritability, extreme stress, etc.
- Osteoporosis prevention
- Heart Health
- Memory loss prevention